Cameroonian born NASA space Systems Engineer, Reine Dominique Ntone Sike has met and spoken with staff and students of the Information and Communication Technology University in Cameroon.
Reine Dominique focused on sharing her experience on becoming a NASA Aerospace engineer and her personal experiences in order to motivate especially students who aspire to walk her path.
This was on the occasion of the launch of the university’s first Africa Digital Forum, a platform for integrating well established and reputable digital experts for effective communication and resolution of Africa’s challenges.
ICTU Vice Chancellor, Jean Emmanuel Pondi, expressed gratitude towards the young achiever for choosing to spend her off sharing her rich exceptional and extensive experience with Cameroonians and Africans.
Prof. Pondi emphasized that Reine’s trajectory shows that one must be meticulous and serious to achieve goals especially for women in a masculine world of technology.
Reine Dominique Ntone Sike: The Experience
The now Aerospace Systems Engineer started off by making sure she had a plan, she had dreamt of working in NASA since she was nine years old as a pupil in Douala. Everyone thought she was crazy but she believed in her purpose, that’s why she urged her listeners to always dream and have a plan set in motion.
From Cameroon she moved to France where she said she got two Engineering degrees before later moving over to the USA for a masters programme.
Reine said she knew very little English and had just six months to learn. Her determination got her through the process.
With a life time mission to have a tremendous impact on people’s lives the engineer emphasized that pain and failure are essential and temporary, “If you set a goal you can accomplish it.” She said.
Since 2022 Reine’s flight heritage (number aircrafts sent to space) credit stands at five.
Apart from being good at school Reine told students and staff of the ICU University that their mindset determines their accomplishments. Attitude and how one reacts to things that happens to them, she said matters.
“It’s easy to get a seat at the table but it is complicated to maintain a seat at the table.” Reine advised.
She made it clear why it is Important of network with others.
“You cannot achieve great things alone…. Find a need, fill a gap and excel… You can achieve everything when you believe in yourself.”
The engineer cautioned students to always go the extra mile when they are assigned tasks and never forget to show gratitude to whom ever.
She wrapped up by urging learners to always balance emotional intelligence and IQ which are key components of social skill sets.
Bruno Ndonwie Funwie